Definition of Intaglio

1. Noun. A printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses makes the print.

Exact synonyms: Gravure, Intaglio Printing
Generic synonyms: Printing, Printing Process
Specialized synonyms: Photogravure

2. Noun. Glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo).
Exact synonyms: Diaglyph
Generic synonyms: Glyptic Art, Glyptography

Definition of Intaglio

1. n. A cutting or engraving; a figure cut into something, as a gem, so as to make a design depressed below the surface of the material; hence, anything so carved or impressed, as a gem, matrix, etc.; -- opposed to cameo. Also used adjectively.

Definition of Intaglio

1. Noun. A design or piece of art which is engraved or etched into something. ¹

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Definition of Intaglio

1. an incised or sunken design [n -GLIOS or -GLI] / to engrave in intaglio [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Intaglio

int 1
int 2
intact dilation and extractions
intaglio (current term)
intaglio printing
intake manifold
intake manifolds
intake silencer

Literary usage of Intaglio

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians: Including Their Private Life by John Gardner Wilkinson (1837)
"intaglio continued to be generally employed, until the accession of the 26th ... This was afterwards universally adopted, _and no return to intaglio on ..."

2. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Algernon Graves by Algernon Graves (1906)
"943 Cast from an intaglio; portrait of the late Lord Byron. ... 491 Portrait of His late RH the Duke of York; a cast from an intaglio engraving. ..."

3. The Grammar of Painting and Engraving by Charles Blanc (1874)
"We have only to look at the ancient coins to see a type in relief produced by an engraving in intaglio, and a hollowed area produced by an engraving in ..."

4. The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States: An Historical Review of by Edwin Atlee Barber (1893)
"The works started with the manufacture of plain enamels, and a few months later added embossed and intaglio tiles, ..."

5. Catalogue of the Mayer Collection by Charles Tindal Gatty (1879)
"Cylindrical Seal, in chalcedony ; subject in intaglio, two grotesque figures ... Cylindrical Seal, in haematite; subject in intaglio, figures of a man and ..."

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